COVID tested our faith, and we failed the test

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Approximately 17 months ago the world began hearing about a “new and terrifying” disease that would “kill millions and millions.” As it happens, the disease was nowhere near as deadly as claimed to most, but it was incredibly deadly to the health of our faith.

I am an active and practising Catholic. I believe in the sacraments and my family is in church most Sundays. For many years prior to 2020 I sat in church on a weekly basis and listened to my priest exalt the sacraments. This always sat well with me because I truly believed it was a privilege to commune directly with Christ, participate in Mass, and celebrate my faith with a community of believers. Then COVID came.

Suddenly my church, a church founded by someone who healed the sick and spent time with lepers and sinners, informed me that the sacraments were not worth the risk. They closed the churches, cancelled the sacraments, and in a local case, the priest even stopped anointing the sick. To say this was disappointing might be the most colossal understatement I could ever make.

How could my church, which believes that the Communion we receive during Mass is literally the body and blood of Christ, claim that it was not safe to partake in this ritual? Is Christ really present in Communion, or is He not? If He is, then why would we cancel? Do we not believe that Christ is powerful enough to heal the sick? Do we really think our loving God would sicken us by participating in such a holy ritual of which He is a direct part?

I am sickened by this. I find it appalling that we would EVER give up on these core tenets of our faith. I found it even worse when I saw a local priest deny a number of seniors, who had become sick or were dying during this debacle, their last rites despite their lifelong commitment to the faith. I have no interest in seeing another Mass with this “priest,” but I am now wondering whether this same person is telling everyone that they need to be back for Mass every weekend so they can participate in these holiest of rituals.

This apparent complete and total lack of faith in God’s ability to protect us occurred in more Christian communities, not just the Catholic Church, and was equally appalling in all of them. From the Baptists to the Evangelicals to the Lutherans, and so on, faith seemed to be in short supply. Incredibly, despite these Christian leaders closing their doors to the faithful, most continued to keep their wallets open by requesting that parishioners continue to tithe. I do not want to be cynical, but all of this raises the question regarding these shepherds: Is your true faith in Christ or the church’s bank account?

I am assuming that this piece will raise some eyebrows, but I simply don’t care. Our brothers and sisters in Christ have every right to make their own decisions as to whether or not they have the courage to attend Mass without judgment; however, I do not think it is too much to ask of the shepherds who tell us weekly about the importance of participating in the faith that they should not abandon their flocks at the first hint of a wolf being near. My Catholic Church is the continuation of the Church founded by Peter — a man who, according to tradition, asked to be crucified upside down because he did not believe he was worthy of dying in the same way as Christ. How can a priest in this Church abandon his flock, his obligation to perform the sacraments, and his responsibility so egregiously?

Now, as if all of this was not enough, many of these same shepherds are failing to look into the truth of the COVID vaccines. Instead, they are pushing their flocks to get the jab despite mounting evidence of the danger. It seems as though it is easier to be politically correct than to be courageous in faith.

I am a sinner. I have no right to judge, and I am not judging any man or his faith. That said, I have an obligation to judge actions and to determine whether or not those actions are appropriate under the law of my faith. It is my fervent belief that God tested our faith, and we failed miserably. Despite my complete and total lack of qualification to do so, I am now asking my fellow sinners to confront their shepherds and remind them that their actions were and/or are unacceptable. My cynical recommendation is that we begin by redirecting our tithing to the shepherds that have had the courage to continue to teach the faith … maybe capitalism will even work with the church. No church, no money.

We have advanced since the crusades, and many Christians have read the Bible and can see that the Church is not following what it preaches. It simply is not good enough to say we are infallible leaders, so do not question us. I believe we all must pray fervently for our churches … but I also think it is our duty to humbly assist our shepherds to follow the path that God has laid out for us — a path that is never subject to the politics of man.

Attorney Thomas Renz is the lead attorney in several major cases brought in Ohio, New Mexico, Maine, and nationally against the CDC and DHHS regarding the COVID-19 lockdowns, mask mandates, business closures, false PCR data, fraudulent death numbers, and more. He is currently suing the federal government to stop COVID jabs for children. Renz works with and represents America’s Frontline Doctors, Dr. Eric Nepute, Make America Free Again, and Ohio Stands Up. 


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